World History and Literature Initiative

Migration in Human History and Literature

Registration deadline is June 15. For more information: WHaLI-at-UM@umich.edu. SCHECHs available.

To register: https://payments.lsa.umich.edu/whali/

The World History and Literature Initiative’s (WHaLI) three-day conference for secondary teachers takes up the issue of migration in human history and literature. The conference will focus on important cases drawn from different historical times and regions as they have been represented in historical and literary sources. In addition to helping teachers develop their knowledge and understanding of this important issue in world history and literature, the conference also illuminates challenges students face in learning and explores ways teachers might meet those challenges. WHaLI conference provides participants with relevant resources as well as lunch and refreshments.

Migration has been a constant in human history, shaping our world in every place and time. From our earliest ancestors’ movements out of Africa to the present, people have migrated across continents, oceans, seas, mountains and deserts. Pushed, pulled or coerced, humans have moved in large and small numbers, with or without families and friends, to or from rural or urban areas. And each migration has had significant consequences on the people and places they moved to or from.

Though migrants might have traveled by themselves, they never travelled alone. People always brought along their ideas, beliefs, cultural and material practices. Therefore, human migration is also a story of cultural interaction, transformation, adaptation, convergence, and divergence. And since flora, fauna, and even micro-organisms often accompanied human migrants, this is also a story of changes in the biosphere. Given how important migration has been, it is not surprising that we have a rich literary and artistic heritage that captures the impact migration has had on individuals, peoples, communities, and the world.

Speakers:
Farina Mir, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan; Samer Ali, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Culture, University of Michigan; Christopher Sheklian, Postdoctoral Scholar, Armenian Studies, University of Michigan; David Wysocki, Lecturer, Latin American Studies, San Diego State University; Lei Duan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan; Matthew Schissler, Doctoral Student in Anthropology, University of Michigan; Cheryl Yin, Doctoral Student in Anthropology, University of Michigan

Co-sponsors:
East Asia National Resource Center; Center for South Asian Studies; Center for Southeast Asian Studies; Center for Middle East and North African Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; School of Education; Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies
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Map Weiser Hall - 1010

June 2018

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